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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Aeolus on November 21, 2018, 10:56:20 PM »
The gacha mechanic is frustrating if you if are a collect em all kind of person.

Especially if you're gunning for KOS-MOS. Have fun trying to nail 0.02% odds with no way to improve them.

At least the rest of the Gacha is nowhere near as heavily stacked against you, nor is it particularly necessary to suffer through it since the game gives you enough free Blades through sidequests and the plot to get by fairly well on.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« Last post by Aeolus on November 21, 2018, 06:28:00 PM »
Its not too bad on its own (and there's even a couple of items that you can get for free rather than having to pay for them like you would normally), but when paired with More Difficult Enemies, you're going to feel the need to farm and steal as you can't buy materials for the Forge (especially Perfectionist Pearls, since you only generate them from the Forge or through the occasional Chest).
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« Last post by Andrew on November 21, 2018, 06:17:16 PM »
I didn't try any of the Draconian Quests, but if I ever play it again I definitely will. The no shops one, at least at a glance, seems likee it wouldn't be that hard? I barely touched the shops on my run-through anyway, and when I did it was only for convinience.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on November 21, 2018, 05:36:53 PM »
My only trepidation with Xenoblade 2, @Rook , is those painfully -excruciatingly- awful, ugly, hideous character designs and the gacha mechanics.  Really took the shine off of my anticipation for that title.

On the upside, Elma's in it, so... I'll probably check it out sometime.

The gacha mechanic is frustrating if you if are a collect em all kind of person. It kind of makes for a unique playthrough though as everyone gets different ones (you can switch w/ overdrive). However generally you get more than enough rare blades by say chapter 8 (I had about 70% by chapter 9). You'll probably get more if you buy the Torna DLC (supposedly worth it). Character designs are decent IMO (granted I didn't mind rex's suit). Yes there are a few awful looking blades (Dahlia) but most are pretty cool. There is arguably more dialogue from NPCs than in CS 1-2. If you liked XCX a lot you'll definitely like this.

The only really issue I had w/ the game was the map but you get kinda used to it.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« Last post by Aeolus on November 21, 2018, 04:41:38 PM »
I'm close to finishing up the post game as well (all that remains are the last two Trial Isle fights, the last Wheel of Harma and the final final dungeon + boss).

Granted, I've got like 240 hours clocked on the game, but most of that time was me either walking away for awhile, hunting for those stupid targets, gathering mats for forges by hand instead of from shops (due to the No Shops Draconian Quest), or chatting as many people up as I could (granted Shypox could've easily added a couple of hours to my playtime on its own thanks to strings of Shypox messages every other odd time I tried to talk to NPCs).

I'm very tempted to go through it a second time with just the No Armor Dracoian Quest active since that's legit the only challenge left to me other than gambling (and I want to have a run where I have a use for money beyond stuffing it in a bank or the occasional respeccing).
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« Last post by Andrew on November 21, 2018, 04:23:40 PM »
Beat this yesterday and got the Platinum Trophy. Absolutely loved it; one of the best JRPGs I've played in a long time and I think my favourite on PS4 (close call with Persona 5). I can name a number of faults with it, but I honestly just enjoyed it so much overall that they didn't matter. Took 92 hours, but I did absolutely everything other than filling out the bestiary and the item databse (I could... but it doesn't sound like much fun).
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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« Last post by Arvis on November 21, 2018, 09:33:46 AM »
1. Tales of Xillia 2
2. Trails of Cold Steel
3. Ni No Kuni 2
4. Trails of Cold Steel 2

5. Valkyria Chronicles 4

This is slow-going, but I'm basically finished with it.  It's pretty much the perfect sequel to VC1 and the story is actually better than I expected.  There are some "morally gray" themes that actually aren't completely mishandled, which is nice for an "anime" RPG.

I have to admit that the Valkyria formula of throwing greater and greater odds at you for you to overcome really stresses me out, but it does feel good when you finally overcome them.  It's just tough starting another battle after finishing one.

Valkyria 4 does an excellent job of balancing its new class, Grenadiers, even though at times it does feel like they're a little overpowered.  However, rarely does it ever feel like it's balanced against the player.  Once you learn to think around Grenadiers, they're almost always an advantage for you.  I just made sure I prioritized the killing of all enemy Grenadiers as soon as possible, heh.

One thing that VC4 really does better than VC1 is in its Squaddies.  The recruitable characters here ALL have their own (optional) story chapters that you unlock by using them in battle.  It's something VC1 was begging for, since it had such interesting and well designed "generic" units.  So to see VC4 really step up to the plate in this area was fantastic.

I don't have many real complaints with the game.  One is that the interface is still stuck in 2007, like the original.  The other is that the "true" ending is locked behind beating the final boss on Hard mode, which is kind of a dealbreaker for me.  Other than that, this is about as perfect as VC1!

FINAL SCORE:
9/10


Up Next: Octopath Traveler?

Note: I meant to post this here and instead posted it in the Game Journal thread. Sorry.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Arvis on November 21, 2018, 09:31:20 AM »
My only trepidation with Xenoblade 2, @Rook , is those painfully -excruciatingly- awful, ugly, hideous character designs and the gacha mechanics.  Really took the shine off of my anticipation for that title.

On the upside, Elma's in it, so... I'll probably check it out sometime.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality.
« Last post by Arvis on November 21, 2018, 09:24:07 AM »
Oh, I also want to say that Young Noctis and Young Luna scenes were the most precious thing ever and I wanted moooooaaaaaarrrrrrrsocuuuuuuuuuute!!!

*cough*

If only Adult Noct and Luna had that much adorableness.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Rook on November 20, 2018, 09:04:07 PM »

Up Next: Octopath Traveler?

I'd go w/ XBC 2 myself. While not as good as XBCX, it does some things better. Combat is the best XB series (takes a bit to get there) IMO and so are the quests (while still be on the fetch-y side but some are fun).  Grinding isn't really all that necessary (XP and blade build up seems to be more distrubuted by completing quest/discovering). The world is arguably bigger than XBX.  The story is quality. With the exception of some really side characters the VAs are excellent.  On the final chapter now and 120hrs in.

Plus w/ the DLC you get Torna and start w/ 15 legendary cores. So you can relatively start w/ say 8-10 rare blades off the bat.

After XBC2 I'm either going to start VC4 or 428 Shibuya Scramble. Glad to hear VC4 is good.
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